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Lochinver sale change denied

Lochinver Station near Taupo 2:20pm Labour appears to be warning it may not be able to block the sale of Lochinver station to Chinese investors.

Bid to improve quad safety

quad 2:26pm A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.

Fonterra stink worries

The Eltham wastewater treatment plant pond where Fonterra has dumped buttermilk byproduct that is creating a stink with nearby residents. Resident affected by the stench of millions of litres of rotting buttermilk now fears another community might be lumped with the putrid problem.

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A Hawke's Bay grape grower has won the Champion Wine of the Show at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Foreign land sales hotly debated

Lochinver Station near Taupo Farm ownership stirred birthright rhetoric from David Cunliffe but gave John Key some strong moments in last night's debate.

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Related story: Lochinver Station sale leaves Fed Farmers 'uneasy'

Beyond the pale

This photo of a glass of didymo-polluted water was emailed to Louise Giltrap. Louise Giltrap is concerned to find clean drinking water is not always available for some farm workers.

Workplace safety warning

Worksafe NZ's guidelines for the safe use of quad bikes is more than just wearing helmets.

Keeping rivers clean

Think outside the square

Unchecked land conversion problems

DairyNZ strategy and investment leader Rick Pridmore Land use change is the most important driver of nitrogen loss to water, says water quality specialist Rick Pridmore.

Farm fitness warrant

Warrants of fitness for effluent systems on dairy farms give owners confidence that they're following best industry practice.

From the worst to the best

Synlait Milk plant approved

Fonterra stink worries

Resident affected by the stench of millions of litres of rotting buttermilk now fears another community might be lumped with the putrid problem.

White face a premium advantage

Hereford-freisian cattle Hereford-friesian calves are fetching premium prices in parts of NZ as the annual round of calf sales gets into full swing.

NZ meat sales hit Chinese TV

Silver Fern Farms wants to add more value to meat after launching prime cuts of packaged beef and lamb onto a televised shopping show in China.

Meat price may disappoint

Rare herd for sale

Success secrets shared

Southland farmers who sell beef and lamb direct to the consumer will feature on TV.

What goes on in a sheepdog's head?

sheepdog strap Researchers are using high technology and maths to work out how sheepdogs herd sheep.

Farmer's perfume trick

A sheep farmer has a penchant for women's perfumes. But, it's not what you might think.

Intensive farmer

Aussies want Shrek's record

Shrek still a world-bleater

Those Aussies are forever trying to pull the wool over our eyes. But this time, the dags have fallen short.

A head for potatoes

Moutoa potato farmer Tony Parlato Tony Parlato knows a bit about growing potatoes. He has been in the business for almost 20 years.

Organic berry market grows

Award-winning organic berry and icecream company has just taken another major step in its export strategy.

Winegrower conference global affair

Conveyor belt snags woman's hair

Hawke's Bay grower wins

A Hawke's Bay grape grower has won the Champion Wine of the Show at this year's Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Lochinver sale change denied

Lochinver Station near Taupo Labour appears to be warning it may not be able to block the sale of Lochinver station to Chinese investors.

Profits flow for winemaker

Listed winemaker Delegat Group has posted record sales and profit for the year to June 30.

Foreign land sales hotly debated

Alpaca pack a punch

Bid to improve quad safety

A South Canterbury man thinks the anti-roll bar he designed could reduce quad bike accidents.

IRD warning for dairying

ird Dairy farmers need to take action now to avoid high Inland Revenue interest being charged on tax owed for the season, warns a tax expert.

Keep calm and carry on calving

Here is some timely advice as the strenuous demands of calving approach.

Take worries away from clifftops

Cows like to be cool, too

Plantain guru casts light on system

About 80 Taranaki beef and sheep farmers have a new insight into growing plantain.

Bigger plans on the way for Fieldays

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays. Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

A brave new world

Technology is set to make farming a push-button business in the next decade.

Sculpture's timely entry

Upbeat over tech future

Chile chases youngster's invention

Young inventor Patrick Roskam is on an upward trajectory of success following his acceptance of his latest award.